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Final travel arrangements have been put in place for the end-of-season visit to Bristol City by Birmingham City on 7 May.
The city will be hosting the “Simply Health Great Bristol 10km” run on that day which will mean that travelling Birmingham City fans will not be able to take their normal route to the game at Ashton Gate for the midday kick-off.
Fans travelling from Birmingham would normally exit the M5 at junction 18 and then travel to the ground via the Portway. Because of the 10km run, which is also being staged on the morning of the match this route will not be available to fans travelling to the ground via the M5. Road closures will be in place between 5.30am-1pm.
Instead coaches travelling from the Midlands are being asked to travel to the next junction (J19 Gordano) and turn into the services, where arrangements are in place to take them to the ground.
Coaches are asked to be at Gordano Services by 10am for a prompt departure at 10.30am to the ground. This will be with a motorcycle escort, which will allow a smooth transition to Ashton Gate stadium in good time for ticket holders to enter the ground and find their seats.
The escorted convoy will depart promptly and any coaches not taking the opportunity to join the convoy can expect considerable delay due to the high traffic volumes anticipated on the day.
Those travelling by car from the Midlands to the game are advised to allow additional time to take the new route to the ground via junction 19, which will take them to the temporary car park which is being set up by Bristol City Council in Ashton Court.
For fans travelling down the evening before the game and staying in Weston-super-Mare, they will also need to use J19 on the day of the game. Coaches should rendezvous at the services by 10am.
Additional car parking is also being arranged by Bristol City Council at Ashton Court.
For those planning to travel by train from Weston-super-Mare, there is a train leaving the resort at 9.06am, arriving at Parson Street at 9.37am, with a second departure at 10.8am, arriving at Parsons Street station at 11.18am.
A return train will leave Temple Meads at 3.05pm calling at Parson Street at 3.11pm.
Parsons Street is a short walk from the Ashton Gate Stadium.
Further detailed information will be released nearer to the day, which will also be posted on the Avon and Somerset website, Facebook and twitter accounts.
Fans are reminded that this is a strictly all-ticket game and there will be no cash sales on the day. Therefore any fans from either club who do not have a ticket for the match should not attend..
We hope fans of both teams will enjoy the end-of –season festivities and remind them that any football-related anti-social behaviour or violence will not be tolerated and will be dealt with robustly.
Superintendent Paul Mogg, match commander said: “Sunday will be a great opportunity to showcase the city of Bristol with the combination of the Simply Health Great Bristol 10km run being held alongside the end-of season game between Bristol City and Birmingham City.
“The number of people in the city that day will be swelled by thousands attending the two events and those just visiting Bristol’s attractions.
“There will be road closures and diversions in place but we hope to minimise the disruption on the day for those living, working or visiting the city. There will be various information available in the days leading up to the Sunday and people available on the day including police officers and the stewards marshalling the run, who will be able to provide help and guidance,” said Supt Mogg.